Meet the Fruit Festival Team!
Michael Arnstein has been following a fruitarian diet since January 2008.
Well known in the extreme sport of ultra-running, Michael has pushed his physical limits to prove how far you can go on fruit.
His love for his new found health and wellness inspired him to create the Woodstock Fruit Festival in 2010.
Michael assists in guiding festival policy, promotion and financial security in its goals to become a leading event in the world of health and wellness.
Yuliya Yakhontova had discovered and embraced a raw vegan lifestyle in June 2002. Over the years Yuliya had experimented with every possible variation within raw veganism, until she finally came to understand that she felt her best eating low fat sweet fruit and young tender greens, mono or in simple combinations.
Yuliya’s strongest passion is personal growth and cultivation of insight into a fundamental nature of our existence through meditation. While she uses Vipassana as a basis of her practice, she is studying various approaches and believes that every spiritual tradition offers a path to realization of similar truths.
Yuliya has been with the Woodstock Fruit Festival from the day when the idea first came into existence. She feels very grateful for having seen the festival gone through many stages of development on its way to becoming the most significant life-changing event currently offered in a natural health movement.
Yuliya is coordinating the overall organizational and financial structure of the festival, as well as managing attendee registration.
In 1991, Anne began her journey on the fruit diet.
She has raised two very happy and healthy children on this diet.
Her book 'Fruitarianism The Path To Paradise' was published in English in 2009 and in Italian in 2011.
She started working for the Woodstock Fruit Festival in 2011.
Anne enjoys working with the Volunteers and Pioneers; and has greatly benefited from being involved, and has learnt a lot from working with the Woodstock Fruit Festival Team.
Her main work consists of selecting the Work Exchange Volunteers, organizing the schedule, and liaising with the Pioneers.
She also does some artwork for the Festival; drawing is a real passion for her, and it is a real pleasure for her to contribute to the Festival in this way.
She believes the Fruit Diet is the most compassionate, the most environmentally positive, the healthiest, and the most rational way forward for our Planet; so it is Wonderful for her to help promote this diet by being a part of the Woodstock Fruit Festival.
Michael started this way of eating and lifestyle in 2008 and was reborn into a new reality never to look back.
He changed his path and continues to pursue a better way of living and now helps others to begin their journey to a better life.
After taking part of the 2011 festival and loving it, he did what he could to help out. Seeing this desire to help, Michael Arnstein and Yuliya reached out to see if he wanted to join the team, which Michael happily did at the end of the 2012 festival.
He now manages the marketing efforts for donations, sponsors and attendance for the festival. He also administrates the website with the goal of constant improvement.
Michael believes that the festival gives hope to humanity that desperately needs change and shows us how we can thrive yet live in balance within the world.
Kristina Peduto came across the low-fat plant based diet shortly before attending the first Woodstock Fruit Festival in 2011 and continues to greatly enjoy this lifestyle. She has seen many health benefits on all levels and is excited to share her experiences with others.
She joined the Woodstock Fruit Festival Team in January of 2013 to help with the marketing efforts. Some of her projects include building partnerships with co-ops in upstate New York, sending out the monthly newsletters and assisting with sponsorships.
She is passionate about increasing the visibility of the Festival and reaching out to as many people as possible so that they can enjoy this wonderful event!